Monthly Archives: December 2010

Virtual Advent Calendar – 24th December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

Triple Arch from West Front (1989)

Triple Arch from West Front (1989)

One of five stamps issued by Royal Mail in 1989 to commemorate both Christmas and the 800th Anniversary of Ely Cathedral.

This stamp is a “semi-postal”, meaning that a charity surcharge (of 1p) was added to the price of the stamp.

Designer: David Gentleman

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 23rd December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

Dyddiadau postio diweddaraf (Latest posting dates) (1983)

Dyddiadau postio diweddaraf (Latest posting dates) (1983)

Poster in Welsh advertising final Christmas postal dates for 1983.

Artist: Not known.

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 22nd December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

Overseas Christmas mail 1981. Recommended last posting dates (1981)

Overseas Christmas mail 1981. Recommended last posting dates (1981)

Poster advertising a leaflet giving final Christmas postal dates.

Artist: Not known.

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 21st December

Virtual Advent Calendar –

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

The last date for posting Christmas mail to Japan is… (1970)

The last date for posting Christmas mail to Japan is... (1970)

Poster advertising a leaflet entitled: ‘Guide to Overseas Christmas post dates’.

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 20th December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

Speed the mail at Christmas (December 1968)

Speed the mail at Christmas (December 1968)

Internal GPO poster advising on how best to handle mail at Christmas; featuring a robin and two snowflakes.

Artist: Ripley.

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 19th December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

Rejected stamp artwork by Arnold Machin (1968)

Rejected stamp artwork by Arnold Machin (1968)

One of several designs submitted to the GPO by Arnold Machin for Britain’s 1968 Christmas stamps. Machin is best known as the designer of the Queen’s Head definitive stamps (known as Machins) still in use today.

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 18th December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

First Day Cover for Britain’s first Christmas stamps (1966)

First Day Cover for Britain’s first Christmas stamps (1966)

The designs for Britain’s first Christmas stamps came about as the result of a competition for children. Eight professional stamp designers judged the 5000 entries received and eventually awarded the prizes to Tasveer Shemza and James Berry, both aged six. Shemza’s design features King Wenceslas, while Berry’s shows a snowman.

The image of Santa Claus which appears on the First Day Cover was designed by Ann Belshaw.

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